back pain

What are the warning signs of a serious problem when you have back pain?

Pain that travels down the leg is a sign of a serious problem.

Also, if you have any of the following symptoms, you should seek urgent medical attention:

  • difficulty controlling or passing urine,
  • loss of control of your bowels,
  • numbness around your back passage or your genitals,
  • a serious weakness in your legs so you find standing difficult, and
  • severe and ongoing back pain that gets worse over several weeks.

The above symptoms could potentially be linked to a rare but serious condition that needs urgent medical attention.


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